Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! I’m happy to introduce you to the new website of Hawaii’s Asian American Journalists Association chapter!
My name is Gene Park, and I’m grateful to be the 2011 chapter president. I’ve been on vacation for the past week. What better use of my time, then to dedicate a few hours building and updating our web presence? I hope you like!
I want the new AAJAHawaii.org to be a one-stop resource for many of your needs. I’ll continue to update the site with national and chapter news, news on past and current members, and the ever-important job flashes.
Although we live in the islands, no chapter should be an island. I believe partnership with other journalism organizations is key to surviving and thriving as the industry reinvents itself. That is why I will be keeping you in the loop on events not only with our chapter, but with other groups like the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association and the Hawaii Publishers Association.
Don’t forget that we also have presence on Facebook and Twitter. This year’s convention theme is all about engagement, an appropriate theme that I will strive to uphold in our little Pacific paradise.
In keeping with national President Doris Truong’s New Year’s message, we also want to hear from you about the changes we could bring about together. Whether it’s this site, the chapter, or what you need from us, we will listen and respond. Feel free to contact me via e-mail, Twitter or by leaving a comment on this site. Feel free to add me on Facebook as well!
Last but not least, I’d like to thank a few people.
Blaine Fergerstrom has been very kind to host this site on his personal server. He is a new member of AAJA, but he is no stranger to the web and journalism. He pioneered web journalism in during the 1990s, making the first news website in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
I’d also like to thank Valentino Valdez of Valdezign.com for his assistance on the logo you see above.
I want to add a final mahalo to Kaz Endo, entrepreneur and owner of Inhouse Creative, a leading ad agency on Guam. Kaz was kind enough to lend me some office space during my vacation so I could work on this site.
Until we meet again, I wish many blessings to you and yours this year. Imua!
With warmest aloha,
2011 chapter president